Cyber security is as much a people issue as it is a technical one. Policy makers, coders, and the private sector must consider human behavior when tackling technological risks. According to a 2014 study by IBM Security Services, up to 95% of security incidents involved human error.
Prevention is no longer sufficient. You must proactively search for and chase out all rogue actors (hackers, malware, etc.) from networks and devices.
Equally important, once a threat is identified, discussing it publicly is a necessity. Although companies and individuals suffer negative ramifications from being a hacking victim, admitting to a cyber problem is the first step to strengthening the world's common technological security.
Some additional suggestions include:
- Bring human-centered design to cyber security. If security features are not designed properly, users simply ignore them.
- Build an "immune system" for the planet as a defensive barrier against malware - a robust, adaptive, and self-healing network that automatically makes necessary repairs to deter potential computer infections from bringing a whole system down.